Precious Snowflake Alert...
To both honor Michelle Obama's "Let's Move!" physical activity/exercise initiative as well as celebrating the youth of America enjoying the simple pleasures of actually getting out of the house and playing, the US Postal Service (USPS) has invested an undetermined amount of taxpayers dollars to research, approve then eventually manufacture thousands upon thousands of commemorative postage stamps depicting children at play. Yet all that time, effort and money is all for naught. Every single one of the "Let's Move!"-inspired postage stamps will be destroyed due to a handful of the offending stamps depict children engaging at "unsafe" play, as reported by TownHall.com's Christine Rousselle via Fox News on Oct. 10, 2013.
The USPS had a fifteen stamp block depicting youngsters engaged in outdoor activity ranging from skateboarding to gymnastics to even something as basic and wholesome as hiking near a stream.
But bowing to pressure from the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition, all the commemoratives will be destroyed over the allegations that at least three of the fifteen depict children engaged in "unsafe" acts.
Specifically, minors are depicted: (WARNING: Images may be disturbing to some. Use discretion)
- Engaging in a "cannonball-type dive" into a body of water.
- Performing a handstand without a helmet.
- Skateboarding without knee-pads, shin-guards or elbow-pads. It's also iffy if the child is even wearing a crash helmet.
Upon closer scrutiny PostalMag.com also brought to the attention of a concerned nation the following images that might offend someone:
- A soccer player minus knee-pads or shin-guards.
- A child batting a softball sans batting helmet.
- Presumably, a girl balancing on an equally presumable slippery rock, all the while unshod, leaving her susceptible to cutting her foot on a sharp rock.
As Rousselle eruditely cites:
USA Gymnastics, the governing body for gymnastics in the United States, has compulsory routines for lower levels, which typically involve younger participants.
Both the level one and level two (the lowest levels of the sport) routines include handstands—on a balance beam.
Without a helmet.